Thompson Campaign Likes to Re-Announce Old Support

Freddy Ferrer and Bill Thompson back in 2008. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Image)

Freddy Ferrer and Bill Thompson back in 2008. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Image)

He’s so nice, they’ve endorsed him twice.

Former comptroller and mayoral candidate Bill Thompson is currently in the midst of a press conference announcing an endorsement from former Democratic mayoral candidate Freddy Ferrer.

“TODAY 12:30PM: Ferrer to Endorse Thompson,” the event’s advisory declared. But, in fact, there’s nothing new about the Mr. Ferrer’s support.

Mr. Ferrer–like other recent endorsers–has long been on board the Thompson campaign. Back in 2012, for instance, he and other speakers “lavished praise on Thompson’s leadership skills and vowed to help the former comptroller get elected” at a fund-raising event, according to a report from City & State.

The repeat announcements have become a pattern for Mr. Thompson’s campaign as he seeks to build momentum as the race heats.

Back in May, the campaign rolled out an endorsement from Queens power broker and mega-church Rev. Floyd Flake, who had also backed Mr. Thompson in the 2009 primary. But Mr. Floyd had already endorsed him six months before, in December, 2012, when he commended Mr. Thompson for his work in the comptroller’s office.

“I’m not saying the others candidates couldn’t do a good job, I just think he can do it better,” he said at the time.

And then there’s former Mayor David Dinkins, whose support the campaign announced at a big press conference in Harlem back in June–even though Mr. Dinkins had been touting his endorsement for months.

A spokesman for opponent Bill de Blasio pointed to the repeats in a missive to reporters titled, “Department of Old News.”

The Thompson campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Thompson Campaign Likes to Re-Announce Old Support